For those who want to lose some inches without surgery, it seems you can with Zerona, a new non-invasive body contouring procedure that uses low-level laser energy to zap fat cells from the outside, letting your body’s natural cleansing process take over to whisk them away over time.
The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Zerona for fat reduction in the waist, hips and thighs, making this body-slimming laser the first non-invasive body contouring device to receive this coveted nod.
And it likely won’t be the last. There are others in the running, according to experts, including CoolSculpting (Zeltiq) and possibly Liposonix.
Zeronia Clinics in Australia
Zeronia official website www.erchonia.com reports that there are not official plastic nor cosmetic surgeons that offer Zeronia in Sydney, Australia yet.
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What is Zerona?
While the FDA approval for fat reduction is new, Zerona has been used off label for body contouring by U.S. physicians since 2009, when it was FDA-approved for pain reduction in the 24 hours after breast augmentation, and to help with post-liposuction pain. Zerona is manufactured by Erchonia Corporation.
The Zerona laser works by emitting low-level laser energy that stimulates the fat cell, liquefying the fat within. This liquid fat moves from inside the cell to outside, where it loiters in the interstitial space (or tissue space) until your lymphatic system gets rid of it.
Results are typically seen after about six 40-minute treatments spanning two weeks.
What results can you expect?
Inches disappear from the waist, hips and thighs — the prime trouble spots where Zerona reportedly works well. It can be used on body parts with localized fat deposits that are stubbornly resistant to diet and exercise. The technique works well for subcutaneous fat, or the fat just below the skin. If you have large amounts of visceral (deep) fat, you may not be a good candidate for Zerona. Discuss your candidacy with your physician.
Preparing for Zerona Body-Slimming Laser Treatment
If you opt for the Zerona treatment, your plastic surgeon will talk to you about the importance of committing to the protocol during the two weeks of treatment. This includes staying well hydrated by drinking eight to 10 glasses of water a day, following a healthy diet, exercising (walking at least 30 minutes a day) and not drinking alcohol or caffeine. Both caffeine and alcohol are thought to interfere with the fat removal process.
The Zerona Procedure
A Zerona package includes six treatments, with a treatment every other day. Each session takes 40 minutes. Do not wait more than 72 hours between treatments or the fat on its way out may take up residence again.
During the treatment session, you lie in a dark room. The laser is positioned over the body area to be treated. The laser light is pointed to the front of your body for 20 minutes and then for another 20 minutes to the back side.
You won’t feel heat, but there may be a mild sensation of warmth on your skin during the procedure. No anesthesia is needed, so you can resume normal activities immediately following each treatment session. You should not experience any swelling or other discomfort.
In a study of 67 people that compared Zerona to a placebo, those treated with the Zerona body-slimming laser lost 3.65 inches from their waist, hips and thighs in as little as two weeks, while the placebo group that got a ”dummy” treatment lost a mere half-inch. These results were likely all due to Zerona as study participants were not placed on special diets or exercise regimens, nor did they receive any adjunctive treatments for weight loss or toning.
So how might 3.65 inches translate to dress or pant sizes? One magazine writer who underwent the procedure and gave her first-person account says she went from a size 8 to a 6, and the before-and-after photos show a much firmer body shape.
Overall, no risks have been found in healthy users, according to the manufacturer. That said, dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results achieved with Zerona may occur. Liposuction removes the fat cells from the body, but Zerona only releases them, which is why weight gain can reverse the effects of Zerona treatment.
The fees vary depending on where you live and other factors, in the USA the package will likely be about $2,000 to $3,000. Insurance does not cover the cost of Zerona, but patient financing plans may be available.
Zerona is not the only non-invasive contouring device out there. The concept of recontouring the body without being invasive is looked upon as the ”wave of the future,” and as a result this category is growing by leaps and bounds. Exactly which device or procedure will reign supreme is yet to be determined. Other options may include Liposonix, VelaShape and Thermage.
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And yet another non-invasive option may soon be approved to banish unwanted fat: freezing. Called CoolSculpting (Zeltiq), the technique cools fat cells without harming the skin or other tissues. The fat cells are flushed from the body over several weeks. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for fat cell reduction and for skin cooling during dermatology treatments.
Discuss your options with a physician who has extensive experience with all of the new body contouring treatments. Your aesthetic goals, your tolerance for pain, and your schedule should all be part of this frank discussion.